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Special Evening Event: Summer Escape, June 12 & 13

MOUNT VERNON, VA - George Washington’s Mount Vernon invites visitors to sip wine and taste local and historic culinary treats while watching the sun set at the first president’s home on Friday, June 12 and Saturday, June 13 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.! Summer Escape at Mount Vernon offers a rare opportunity to visit Mount Vernon after the daytime crowds have departed. Relax to live music, join in a bocce game, and unwind against the backdrop of the Potomac River.

Beer lovers can experience a taste of history as Colonial Williamsburg’s beer-making expert demonstrates 18th century beer brewing. Selections from several microbreweries will also be available for sampling. Cider-making demonstrations and samples will also be available. Mount Vernon’s chocolatiers will demonstrate the process of making chocolate while serving up chocolate martini samples! Beer, wine, and light and heartier fare will also be available for purchase.

The event also offers foodies a chance to talk with 18th- century herbalist, Betsey Golan and sample flavorful herb-infused dips and teas. And what better way to cool off on a warm summer day than with ice cream—a treat George Washington himself enjoyed. Event-goers will explore how it was made before the days of refrigeration during ice cream-making demonstrations.

After sampling culinary treats and libations, take part in a bocce ball competition with prizes. Stroll the lantern-lit grounds and immerse yourself in the 18th century as you mingle with costumed residents like the charming “Lady Washington.” Enjoy in 18th-century music, dancing, and more historic fun.

Admission is $20 per person, including children. Purchase four tickets for $60. For more information, please visit


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